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Coogan Gives Kinofilm Support

Published on February 8th 2006.

Well it’s finally February – the month of Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day, my Birthday, and the 10th annual Kinofilm – Manchester’s International Short Film festival which will run from 24th February to 5th March at various venues around the City.

You may remember some time ago that we told you that the headline sponsorship of the Film Festival was being auctioned on e-bay, and then later that Baby Cow production company had been successful in their bid for the headline sponsorship to the event. Well, time has flown by since then, and Manchester’s international film festival commences later this month.

The film festival has become a highly successful event over the past nine years, with a strong regional identity and a global reputation. Launched in 1995 with 100 films and 1 venue, this year’s festival will be the biggest and best yet, with over 300 films at venues including, AMC Great Northern Cinema, The Green Room, Cornerhouse and Instituto Cervantes.

Baby Cow, the Manchester based production company headed by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, probably (well, maybe - perhaps) bought the headline sponsorship to this year’s festival on e-bay after seeing details of the auction during one of their daily perusals of Manchester Confidential back in November. Now that Steve and Henry have become patrons of the festival, they will be showing two Baby Cow productions (A Cock and Bull Story and Dating Ray Fenwick) and are backing the Baby Cow Animation and Baby Cow Comedy Strands at Kinofilm 2006.

As part of their contribution to the festival, Baby Cow will launch a new comedy short film competition – Baby Cow Comedy Shorts with the winners and runners-up having their films premiered at next year’s Kinofilm Festival 2007. The competition is open to anyone and has two categories – under 3 minutes and 3-30 minutes. The aim is to inspire new talent to come forward and showcase work, with the backing of one of the hottest production companies in the world.

Coogan said: "We are launching the Baby Cow Comedy Shorts Competition at Kinofilm to continue our pledge to work with, and develop talent in front of and behind the camera. The competition is open to filmmakers from anywhere in the world but the judging will be a Northern affair. Through Kino we hope to be able to give more opportunities to new filmmakers.

"We love the independence and creativity of Kino and when we saw that the Festival was available on eBay we decided to have a good look and then get involved. The fact that Kino has gone 10 years by following its instincts appealed to my Mancunian roots."

For more information on Kinofilm, or to get involved, click here to visit the website.

Jayne Robinson
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